Welcome to First Time Classics. I am Protonstorm, resident Krakken harpooner and blog writer. First Time Classics is a recurring series where I will be finding well respected, liked, or important anime of the past, watching them as a first time viewer, and writing about the experience. This is not a review, but an impressions piece in which I talk about the show I’m watching. My hope is that through this series, you my readers may take a fresh look at shows you first saw ages ago, or find shows you have otherwise missed in your anime watching careers.

Ah, Sex and the City. The show to bring about the glory of 21st century anime. I hadn’t actually expected to get around to this one for a while, but fortune has smiled on me, and now I shall give the First Time Classic treatment to the beloved romance show that is not Aldnoah.Zero.

What I (think I) Know Going In:

  1. The show is about four women leading... interesting lives in New York City.
  2. There’s some guy named Mr. Big.
  3. There’s lots of promiscuity, if the title is any indication.

And that’s about it.

Author’s Note: Thanks to the magic of wikipedia, I did not actually need to watch this show to write this article. If I had, then this would never have been written.

Seasons 1 & 2: There’s a City, and There’s Sex

I think the biggest surprise for me during these first two seasons is how much sex there was. I mean, it was a bit like when I saw School Days. Everyone said that show was fucked up and that the MC slept with everyone, but I didn’t think he literally slept with EVERYONE. This show is a bit like that. I knew that the four characters in Sex and the City slept with everyone, but I didn’t know that everyone meant every qualifying male in New York City.

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I’ve just gotta say, this Mr. Big guy seems like an asshole, thankfully it seems like he’s out of the picture now that he has some French lady.Also, I’m a bit shocked at the kind of men that are in this show. I mean, there’s a variety of strange people, it’s kind of disturbing. Case in point (thank you wikipedia):

“Despite a brief attempt at couples therapy, Samantha breaks up with James. She then sleeps with a litigator, a salsa dancer, her personal trainer, a sports fan who can only rally when his team does well, and Charlotte’s brother.”

Damn girl.

Seasons 3 & 4: What Is Wrong with You People?

So, I did a count of the number of men these four women slept with on camera in the third season, according to wikipedia: 22. Good.. work?

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They all just keep getting back into relationships with previous Ex-boyfriends. THAT’S A BAD IDEA, STOP IT. Mr. Big even comes back. See here’s the thing: Mr. Big sounds like a terrible person. Carrie knows he is a terrible person. So, then...why. Does. She. Keep. Getting. Back. Together with him?!

The tastes in men are getting more strange, by the way. Here’s another excerpt from wikipedia:

‘Samantha sleeps with a fireman, a short man, her assistant, a black guy with a disapproving sister, a recreational Viagra user, a guy who tastes bad, Trey’s Scottish cousin, a dildo model, and a college-aged virgin.”

Samantha, are we going to have a problem? Get a hold of yourself!

At least Mr. Big and Carrie are officially just friends, so I think he’s done this time as a love interest.

Seasons 5 & 6: I Give Up

SHE GOT BACK TOGETHER WITH MR. BIG. WTF.

That’s the end of the show, folks. Really. Mr. Big wins. Apparently his name is also John. Thanks, John. Screw you, John.

All of the ladies seem to have found their final matches by this point, and there actually isn’t that much random relationships with weird dudes going on in this last third. That’s good.

BUT REALLY, GUESS WHAT, MR. BIG. YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE. SCREW YOU.

Overall, I’ve got to say... I am so glad that I didn’t actually watch this show. These people have serious, serious issues that no doctor can fix (mostly because they will end up sleeping with the doctor). The random romance and cruddy American love drama garbage scares me a bit, and I refuse to live in a world where a guy named Mr. Big ends up victorious. Don’t bother watching this one, because I sure didn’t.

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